Event Announcement: The 53rd annual Priest Lake Sled Dog Race is scheduled for the first weekend in February.

Organizer: The race is organized by the Inland Empire Sled Dog Association (IESDA), forming part of the Pacific Northwest Championships.

Participant Diversity: Mushers from across the western region participate with teams ranging from one to eight dogs.

Dog Variety: The ISDA members own and train various dog breeds, including Alaskan Huskies, Eurohounds, Siberian Huskies, Seppala Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Samoyeds, and more.

Competition Classes: Teams compete in diverse classes such as six-to-eight-dog mid-distance, eight-dog sprint, six-dog sprint, four-dog sprint, advanced skijor, novice skijor, fatbikejor, novice sled, teddy bear, and peewee.

Economic Impact: The event benefits the economies of Priest River and Priest Lake, providing a unique spectator experience.

Race Schedule: Races start at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, and continue through the early afternoon. On Sunday, Feb. 4, races begin at about 9 a.m. and also run through early afternoon.

Free Admission: Spectators can attend the event for free, with a suggested donation of $5 for parking.